Competitive bidding opponents mobilize

Thursday, October 4, 2012

YARMOUTH, Maine – Industry stakeholders have lined up a series of events and initiatives to ramp up the fight against competitive bidding.

The VGM Group is organizing receptions for Reps. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, and Steve King, R-Iowa, two of the 13 original co-sponsors for H.R. 6490, a bill that would replace competitive bidding with a market-pricing program (MPP). Latham’s breakfast reception will take place Oct. 5 in Des Moines, Iowa, while King’s reception will take place Oct. 11 in Waterloo, Iowa.

[See also: Latham’s reception]

[See also: King’s reception]

Other events scheduled to take place this month include a panel discussion on Oct. 25 in Missoula, Mont. The event, sponsored by the Big Sky Association of Home Medical Equipment, in conjunction with People for Quality Care (PFCQ) and VGM, will focus on the negative impact of competitive bidding. Invited guests include Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., Rep. Dennis Rehberg, R-Mont., Gov. Brian Schweitzer, and all members of and candidates for the Montana legislature.

Additionally, the PFQC plans to share a video or written account documenting beneficiary issues with competitive bidding to members of Congress each week through the end of the year. The group’s ask for: replace competitive bidding with MPP.